June 28, 2021
Have arts and crafts become the backbone of child rearing in the 21st century? Parents of young children know that 9 out of 10 days, your child will come home from school with some brightly colored craft project in their backpack, be it a simple painting, or an arrangement of colored macaroni glued to a plate in a mosaic-style replica of the Starry Night. A simple google search for craft projects for kindergarteners will reveal dozens of Pinterest pages with titles such as “900+ Kid Craft Ideas in 2021.”
Arts and crafts have become staples in the modern-day curriculum for young children, all the way from elementary school down to the youngest toddlers in daycare. But how did this come to be? Why the heavy incorporation of arts and crafts at such a young age, when two hundred years ago, scarcity of resources would have made such projects in the common schoolroom unfeasible at best? Mass production of goods after the industrial age certainly gave wind to the movement, making brightly colored paper, crayons, markers, and paints inexpensive and readily accessible to classrooms around the country.
Also significant to the rise of Arts and Crafts has been the increasing awareness of the therapeutic and regulatory effects of art on children. Psychologists since the mid-20th century have documented the benefits of art for young minds and bodies, touting its success in child play therapy, treating autism and sensory delays, as well as assisting the average child’s social, emotional, and cognitive development. If you’re looking to incorporate artistic outlets for your child while they are at home, look no further than our list of the top 8 Youtube channels for arts and crafts, which can give your child resources to cultivate their artistic abilities, practice sensory regulation and self expression, and engage in therapeutic pastime.
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